EVANS, Ga. - MSG (Ret) James Colon Fennell, 83, entered into eternal rest on Sunday, December 2, 2007 at his residence in Evans. James (Jim) was born in Progress, Miss. but resided in Evans for the last seven years. MSG (Ret) Fennell was a World War II Veteran who joined the United States Army Air Corps in 1943. He served numerous assignments, including three years in Yokohama, Japan, two years in Korea and one year in Germany. He was part of the Guided Missile Battalion and worked with the Nike Hercules Anitaircraft Defense System at Fort Bliss, Texas until his military retirement in 1963. James (Jim) continued on as a Missile Electronics Training Instructor at Fort Bliss until 1973 when he transferred to Keesler AFB, Miss. Known as "Mr. Radar" at Keesler AFB, James (Jim) taught Airborne Electronics and Avionics. Jim loved square dancing and was a square dance caller of more than 40 plus years and past member of the American Callers Association. James (Jim) called for multiple square dance clubs, including the Sun City Twirlers, El Paso, Texas, the Magnolia Swingers and Ramsay Promenaders, Biloxi/Gulfport, Miss., the Rainbow Squares, Raleigh, N.C., the Dogwood Squares, Fayetteville, N.C. and the Die Hards, Gateway Twirlers, and Rodenbacher Squares in Germany. James (Jim) achieved 32nd degree Master Mason and was a member of the Scottish Rite in Texas and Biloxi, Miss. In Frankfurt, Germany, James (Jim) served at Tyler for the Masonic Lodge. James (Jim) is survived by his wife, Eleanor Fennell, Evans; daughter, Patricia Mitchell, Aiken, S.C.; sons, James Fennell, Hattiesburg, Miss and John Fennell, Atlanta, Ga. and stepsons, Harold Leonard, Ridgecrest, Calif. and James Leonard, Wilmington, N.C. He is also survived by a sister, Betty Joan Wilcox, Tyler, Texas, and brothers, Lawrence Fennell, Conroe, Texas and Robert Fennell, Hattiesburg. Other surviving family members include: grandsons, Clint Bartlett, Aiken, Taj Fennell and Levi Fennell, San Antonio, Texas, Jacob Fennell, Hattiesburg and Colvin Leonard and Brennan Leonard, Pasadena, Md. He is also survived by granddaughters, Keyla Mitchell, Aiken and Briana Fennell, Hattiesburg. James (Jim) has five great-grandchildren. MSG (Ret) Fennell donated his earthly remains to the Medical College of Georgia. A memorial service to honor and celebrate his life will be held at 10 a.m. at River of Life Baptist Church, Aiken, on Saturday, December 8, 2007. Memorials may be made to River of Life Baptist Church, Aiken, Lighthouse Baptist Church, Aiken, or the American Cancer Society.
The Augusta Chronicle-December 7, 2007